Saturday, July 31, 2010


THE BOYS {and girls} ARE BACK IN TOWN!!! I AM SO FLIPPIN' EXCITED!!! 7 LOOOOONNNGGG MONTHS ARE OVER!!!!! I have to tell you that even just posting these pictures and videos makes me misty eyed all over again! This morning when I got to the pier, an elderly veteran handed me a little American flag and I just lost it! TOTALLY boo hoo'd! I am SO SO SO PROUD of my husband!!! I am the luckiest wife EVER! Standing there with all the other family and friends of the USS Carney is just AMAZING! Everyone is just so filled with happiness! I HATE deployments, but I LOVE the way it feels to be pier-side at homecoming! To watch new Daddy's get off to meet their precious little one for the first time is just too much! CRY FEST again! OK, I'm gonna stop now before I can't see to type anymore! HAHA On with some more pictures and short videos! ☺
I have to tell you I got TONS of compliments on the sign! LOL...They kept asking...OMG, did you make that???? I replied...YES! With the help of my trusty friends Cher {Gypsy} and my Cricut Expression! ☺☺☺☺☺

In the first little video HERE you can see my sailor waving to me!

Second little video HERE you can hear what they announced as "baby making drumming" hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the third video HERE you can hear Justin Bieber playing in the background! LOL Just can't get away from him....USN Bieber fever! hahahaha

♥ Nikki ♥

Friday, July 30, 2010

Route 66

Happy Friday!!! What??? Day 3 of manly cards??? I just don't know what has gotten into me! ☺ I was totally inspired by my Daddy to make this card. He has even traveled all along route 66 in his classic cars in the past! I'm still making good on my vow to post a project from ALL of my cricut cartridges. For this card, I used the Cars cartridge. I actually only bought it because it was on crazy cheap clearance at Walmart, and frankly, I wanted the rewards points! LOL However, after going through the book I really like it! It has some really fun extras and word art too. But I digress...I used Cher {my Gypsy} to weld two signs together to make a shaped card. The numbers are from the Varsity Letter cricut lite cartridge. To finish it off I went into stitching overkill mode. I swear someone will have to pry my Sakura Gelly Roll Pen from my cold, dead fingers! I ♥ my white pen to the moon and back! I should actually say pens, because I have a stockpile! HEHEHE ☺

Have a FANTASTIC weekend!
♥ Nikki ♥


Thursday, July 29, 2010

ATV card

Betcha thought I wasn't gonna post a card today, huh?! Well, BAM, here's a card. ☺ Two manly cards in a row! WEIRD! LOL This card was made with the Dude Cricut Lite cartridge. You will be well served to let your Gypsy help you with this atv cut. Cher and I hid contours on the handlebars because they cut so thin they just ripped. But, other than that, super easy cut! ☺

I hope to "see" and "talk" to you tonight over at My Pink Stamper's Pajama Party Ustream event at 8pm Central time!!! I am super stoked dudettes!!! I sure hope my "bestie" Emma makes it in time...Stupid airline troubles! BOO! ☺

Here is the direct link to Robyn's channel

See ya later alligators!
♥ Nikki ♥

p.s. So happy your package got to you Kimmy!!! ☺ Have fun playin!!!

*Peachy Queen* LIVE *UPDATE* and MPS PJ PARTY

I hope you had a chance to watch! Kathy and Lorie, you ladies were AWESOME!

Also some live chatty fun tonight!!!!! With My Pink Stamper, Karlee, Emma, Tammy........Scrappy Superstars ☺ here's the direct link to Robyn's Ustream channel this way we can all chat and have fun!!!! WOO HOO it's at  8  CST

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Here's the drill...

Hello! Today's card was made with the Handyman Cricut Lite cartridge. Just a really simple card. I used the diamond-plate cuttlebug folder for the background.
So here is another cartridge added to the link list at the side! ☺ OOOH you have to CLICK HERE to see the new Cricut Imagine in action at CHA! Joy from EverdayCricut and Obsessed with Scrapbooking asked some really great questions! THANKS JOY, YOU ROCK!

Be sure to catch our PeachyQueen Kathy J...LIVE tomorrow at 11:10 am EST from the floor of CHA!!!! Go to  to see her and our talented Lorie Souther from the DT too!!!! SUPER FUN!!!!!!!!!

I can't wait to chat like CRAZY with you all!!!!!

♥ Nikki ♥

p.s. I'll repost the direct link to the chat room tomorrow morning. ☺

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


So, today is my big brother Jason's birthday! ♫ Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to look like a monkey, and you smell like one too ♫ hehehe!
I'm 30 and STILL the annoying little sister! HA...It's funny how this card came about because I know NOTHING about racing or the drivers or anything...So I had to text my Sister in law and ask her "what color is Jason's favorite car guy"...She "LOL'd" back. HEHEHE Anyhoo, I guess this guy is Jeff Gordon.  I kept it really simple because I had to fight the overwhelming NEED I have to add ribbon to everything! LOL However.........
I did INDEED use ribbon! See the flag, yep, RIBBON! ☺ And actually that ribbon was found on sheer accident on clearance at Hobby Lobby the day I was looking. Talk about shopping fate! LOVE it when that happens! But I digress, I used Everyday Paper Dolls for the car and driver. The stamp is from Oooh, the numbers on the car are from Varsity Letter. ☺

All together now.......HAPPY BIRTHDAY JASON!!!!!!!!!!!

i ♥ you big brother!

B-day HUGS!
♥ Nikki ♥

Monday, July 26, 2010

I'm just popping to tell you...

Hey all! I am making good on my promise/vow to post something from every one of my cricut cartridges! I used Carousel for the popcorn container and Slumber Party to make the actual popcorn.  Carousel is meant to be just like a silhouette, but I wanted to make it cheerier. ☺ I think it turned out cute!
And I gasped when I found this cute little sentiment stamp in my stash! {it pays to dig around sometimes} ☺ So, I hope you like my card for today. ☺

♥ Nikki ♥

♫ I ♥ the song I found for this card! ♫

Sunday, July 25, 2010



Frog die From The Scrapping Cottage

VeronicaA said...

I just love that frog die! And I would love to win it. Your cards are just adorable. Thanks for the opportunity to win.


CONGRATS VERONICA!!!! Now I will shoot you an email...I need your address FAST so Joanne from The Scrapping Cottage can get your die mailed!

$15 Gift Certificate to

gloria said...

just adorable!

Congrats Gloria! I will shoot you an email too. I will give your email to PeachyKeen so they can email your prize! ☺

And Finally....the Paper Doll Dress Up cricut cartridge from me....

Scrappin' With Kimmy said...

Happy Blogoversary!! I have been following you since I started blogging myself a couple of months ago and I just LOVE all of your projects! I can ALWAYS find inspiration from your blog and think you are just FABULOUS! Keep up the GREAT work! Oh, and it just so happens the PDDU cart is the cart next on my wish list!!! I'll keep my fingers crossed. LOL Hugs, Kimmy :D

CONGRATS KIMMY!!! I'll try to email you...If anyone needs to contact me just email me at ☺
Now....I just wanted to let you know that I am making good on my promise to post a project from ALL of my cricut cartridges! I have 4 covered so far today! This is actually really fun...I'm glad I'm "forcing" myself! HA
♥ Nikki ♥

Cheeseburger Yumminess ☺

Hello and Happy Sunday! Today is my day to post over on the Cottage Blog. For my card I used the new hamburger die. I cut it out with white cardstock and colored all the pieces with my prismacolor pencils and blended with Odorless Mineral Spirits. I used glossy accents to make the sesame seeds look shiny and more realistic. I think it worked really nicely.
It's hard to see the seeds, looks better in real life. I just LOVE how my little burger turned out! Almost looks good enough to eat, LOL! ☺

Have a burgeriffic day!
♥ Nikki ♥

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Happy Birthday *bloom*

Happy Saturday Peeps! Here is just a really quick and simple card I made for my Momma in Law's birthday. I forgot to post it after I sent it to her, so here it is. ☺ I used the Bloom Cricut Lite cartridge. Everything is even the ribbon and the sentiment. I ♥ all their products!

I have to tell you that I am DYING to post the card I made for my day over at the Scrapping Cottage Blog! I seriously might post it at midnight tonight seeing as it would then technically be Sunday. LOL. I think it might be one of my all time favorite cards EVER! Yep, EVER! ☺ So, check back tomorrow to see it AND to see if you won a giveaway!!! YEAH! Have a FAB night!

♥ Nikki ♥

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hi there

Hello and HAPPY FRIDAY! This card was made entirely with the Lovely Floral Cricut Lite cartridge. I LOVE this cartridge! Not only does it have a gorgeous font, it has a bunch of really pretty images too. I used Cher a.k.a. my Gypsy to weld the scalloped circles together to create my card base. So, that's the card for today...Onto some other info for ya's......

I spent a few hours yesterday going back and labeling my posts so I could have a list of my projects made with specific cricut cartridges. So, on the right side of my blog there are now clickable links that will take you  directly to projects made with whatever cartridge you would like to see. The list is NOT complete as I have WAY more cartridges than are listed so far! I have a sickness, I admit it! ☺ I plan on trying to make and post a project from EVERY SINGLE ONE of my cartridges so that the list can be complete. PHEW I'm tired already! HA I am sad to admit that I have a few older cartridges that have never been used! That is PATHETIC! LOL So, I'm going to dust them off and give them their chance to shine in the glistening lime green glow of the cricut dude! ☺

Have a Fan-Flippin'-Tastic weekend!

P.S. I am off to hobby lobby to get a few copies of Scrap and Stamp magazine because and the design team have a 2 page layout in it! How fun is that?! I am bursting at the seams with Peachy Pride! ☺

P.P.S. My friend Emma from MyCreativeTime announced her DVD today! Super duper fun! SO HAPPY FOR YOU MISS EMMA!!! ☺

Ok, for realsies...I'm really going shopping now. HAHAHAHA

Thursday, July 22, 2010

ANOTHER GIVEAWAY...and some cards ;o)

Hoppy Hello! Joanne from The Scrapping Cottage home of the Cottage Cutz dies has let each of us on the PeachyKeen design team give away the die/stamp set we showcased in the Blog Hop on Monday. FUN! So, you will have the chance to win the ADORABLE Happy Lil' Frog from me. Just leave ONE comment on this post for your chance to win. {he comes with two faces!} Now, onto my card made with the frog die...I cut him twice and chopped off his head EEK and layered them so I could give him a tongue. ;o)
He is so silly and I love it! And since I had this super cute paper out I decided to make another baby shower card it is...
She is cut from the Everyday Paper Dolls cricut cartridge. Her adorable face complete with binkie is from the Fun Kiddie Face Assortment by So cute I almost can't stand it!
So, I hope you like my cards for today. Remember there is still time to enter to win the $15 gift certificate to or the Paper Doll Dress Up cricut cartridge from me. Just comment on the Blog Hop post. Comment on this post to enter for the frog die. Have a great day! ☺

Hoppy Hugs!
♥ Nikki ♥

P.S. I will announce winners on Sunday. Good luck! ☺

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sweet Baby

Hello! My friend Beca has asked me to make her baby shower invites, and this is one idea I came up with this morning. I used the Sugar and Spice Cricut Lite cartridge to cut out the adorable little giraffe. I made her a girl by giving her a pretty pink bow around her neck.
The patterned paper is from the Itsy Bitsy Baby Girl stack by K and Company. I swear the colors look much better in real life. The stamp is from  REMINDER there is still time to enter for the $15 gift certificate to and the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge! Just leave a comment on the Blog Hop post for your chance to win. PLUS make sure you check back here tomorrow for yet another GIVEAWAY!

Have a cricut-tastic day!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

PeachyKeen Challenge 33

Hello! It's challenge time again! For my card I used the adorable stamp called Mouse Gets The Cheese. I used my Create a Critter cricut cartridge to cut out the sentiment and the two hunks of swiss cheese. {it should be some nice aged Wisconsin cheddar as that is where the PeachyQueen resides!} ☺
Here is the sketch for this challenge
I sure hope you will hop on over to the Challenge Blog and play along! Also, don't forget that you have until Sunday to enter for the $15 gift certificate to OR the Paper Doll Dress Up cricut cartridge! Scroll down to the Blog Hop post and leave a comment to be eligible to win. ☺

Big Cheese Eatin' Grins To Ya!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Blog Hop FUN...and my one year Blogoversary!

Hey everyone! Are you enjoying the hop so far?!!! I'm sure you are! If you just hopped over from Janice, then you're right on track. I am really hoppin' with the ADORABLE Happy Lil' Frog die and stamp set! I LOVE THESE FROGGIES!!! They have always been among my favorite PeachyKeen stamps, and now we get them in die form as well. FUN!
Can you even stand their super cute lil' faces?! AHHH I love them! All of the die/stamp sets will be available for Pre-Order from today through July 26. There will be a 25% discount for ordering the entire collection, or 15% off single sets. After July 26 they will be regular price. So check out PeachyKeenStamps or The Scrapping Cottage.

All of the PK design team member are giving away a $15.00 gift certificate to PeachyKeenStamps so be sure and visit everyone for your chance to WIN! So comment on this post for your chance to win from me! Giveaway will be closed Sunday evening. Good luck to you!

Now CLICK HERE to hop over to Emma's blog!

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Since it's my one year blogoversary, I decided to do ANOTHER giveaway as well!!!! I am giving away one of my all time favorite cricut cartridges Paper Doll Dress Up.
Also, I decided to make a few more quick projects with the new die/stamp combo sets. Here is a bookmark made with the Potted Flower set.

And here is one made with the Tear Kitty set.

Well I hope you've enjoyed your stop here along the hop! Have a great day!


p.s. I will close my giveaway Sunday evening too. I will announce the winner of the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge on Monday.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Thanks for your service

Hi everyone! Today is my day to post on the Cottage Blog and here is the card I made. I used the Rick Rack Edger die to create the stripes for my flag.
I used the Stars Edger die for the stars on the bottom border. The stamp is from a My Pink Stamper set. I hope you have a super great day!


*REMINDER* Tomorrow is a super jam packed awesome PeachyKeenStamps/Cottage Cutz blog hop!!!!!! WOO HOO!!!! ALSO, my blogoversary.......So you can WIN a prize TWO prizes tomorrow!!! ☺

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Softball Birthday Card and Happy Hello Thursday!

Hello! My friend Steph asked me to make a card for her sister's birthday. Her sister loves softball....This is what I came up with. The girl and the softball word art are both from the Sports Mania cricut cartridge. I used Cher a.k.a. my Gypsy to weld the "hope your day is as fun as" together using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. Just a simple card. I added a little ribbon to the inside...
Now onto some SUPER FUN NEWS!!!!!!

PeachyKeen will be having a Blog Hop on Monday featuring some NEW...TOTALLY AWESOME stuff!!!!! You are going to LOVE it! I am just bursting to spill the beans, but I won't! ☺ All...YES ALL...of the design team members will have a giveaway!!!! WOO HOO!!!! PLUS...Monday just happens to be my one year blogoversary! So......I will be having an additional giveaway!!! Are you excited???? I SURE AM!!!!

HUGS!!!!! Nikki

P.S. Monday is also my Momma in law's birthday AND my sweet baby girl Jinxy-Cedrika's 3rd birthday. Exciting day, huh?! ☺

P.P.S. Happy Hello Thursday...I am in TROUBLE! I will be getting ALL of them this time!!! Pop over to Tammy's Blog to see the new releases! She linked the titles to their product pages. I love them all BUT I really LOVE the Rock Princess and Simply Charming!!!! I can't wait to get my hands on em!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What's Cookin'

Hey Ya'll! I used the Retro Faces from Peachy Keen Stamps again to make my cute little guy from the Block Party Cricut Lite cartridge. LOVE THESE FACES WITH THIS CARTRIDGE!!!!! Just a REALLY simple card, but I wanted to share it anyway!
I hope your week is off to a great start!!!!


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Craft Queen...and announcement!

Hello! I am super excited to announce that I am now on The Scrapping Cottage design team. They are a great company that sell ADORABLE dies! For my card today, I used the Kitty Princess die. Cute or what??!!! I know if you already follow me you're probably, Nikki haven't we seen you do this ribbon technique like infinity times??!!! LOL I wanted to show my "style" for my first posting on The Scrapping Cottage Blog.
My day to post for The Scrapping Cottage Blog will be Sunday. So every Sunday you can see what I whip up with some super cute dies! So I hope you liked my first card for my new DT! Pop on over there to see what the other super duper talented designers create! You will LOVE their work!

Have a PUURRRR-FECT day!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Block Party Card

Happy Friday everyone! Cheers! I used the Block Party Cricut Lite cartridge to make this super simple card. I didn't even add a sentiment or any ribbon because I didn't want to take anything away from her super cute face! I used the Retro Paper Doll Face Assortment set from PeachyKeenStamps. I think they go PERFECTLY with this cartridge! ADORABLE!!!!
So I raise my glass to you! ;o) Cheers to a great weekend!

Clink Clink!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My Cricut Circle Kit Came....FRENCH MANOR Card

Bonjour, mes copains! Le FedEx man brought me my Cricut Circle Kit a few hours ago, and so I HAD to bust out a card with my new French Manor cartridge! I have to say this cartridge is trés belle! I used the Sabrina line by Making Memories. Can you believe NO kraft cardstock??!!!! HAHAHA
Well I hope you are having a merveilleux day!

Au Revoir !

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Peachy Keen Challenge 32

Hello! It's time for another PeachyKeen Challenge! The challenge this time is to create a card or a layout based on your favorite vacation destination. Your project also must include one of the following 3 things...buttons, brads ,or bling. So, for my card, I chose to do my favorite vacation spot Disney World. And, more specifically, my favorite ride/attraction the Haunted Mansion! I actually LOVE to wait in line for it because of the funny/clever things they have written on the tombstones. So to mimic that, I made up "stampy" sayings for mine. I actually cracked myself up with the middle one! HAHA!
Almost everything came from the Mini Monsters Cricut Cartridge. Here's what didn't...The clouds are from Stand and Salute...the moon is from Don Juan...and I hand cut the little cobblestone path to the Haunted Mansion. I used the Make a Monster Face Assortment for my two ghosts. For my menacing moon I used the Monster Mash Face Assortment. I hope you will pop over to the Challenge Blog and play along with us! You could win Boogie Board Max, a Memento Ink pad, and an acrylic block! Have a great day!


Sunday, July 4, 2010


Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you're having a GREAT day! I am happy to report that after 4 years of celebrating this day alone...I will NOT be alone next year! Woo Hoo for shore duty! Anyhoo, this is just a really quick card and it didn't turn out all that great, but I figured I'd post it anyway. I'm sending it to my sailor and I know he won't notice that it's not my greatest! LOL I used the Independence Day Seasonal Cricut cartridge for the firecracker, and used the Feeling Groovy Cricut Lite cartridge for the "dynomite".
Here's my Simba in his 4th of July vest! HAHAHA
And here are two of my Jinxy-Cedrika. Blurry cuz she is NEVER still!
My poor poor felines! LOL!!!! Their Grandma makes them all kinds of cute outfits! hahahaha Can you imagine if I had a little dog that LIKED being dressed up??!!! Look out Paris Hilton! HAHAHAHA

Happy 4th of July!!!